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Cracking and poping with Yamaha surround sound system

I have a Yamaha system with a receiver and 5 speakers hooked up to digital cable, DVD player and a VCR. The system has been working perfectly for the past 3 years. I turned it on today to watch TV and after about 30 minutes it started to make an awful cracking and poping noise in all of the speakers. Kind of like static, but louder and more annoying. The noise does not go away when I change the TV channels, but it does go away when I play DVDs. When I play DVDs it is like it used to be with no popping noises at all. Can you help? Also, don't know if it is important, but there was a power outage at my home over the weekend. What can I try? This is unit - Pioneer VSX-54TX 7.1 Channels Receiver - is only a year old - the odd time there is a popping or knocking sound coming from the rear speakers - recently this sound has been present in the front main speakers after I turn off the unit - this noise only stops when I turned off the power to the Anthem 2 channel amp (used on the two main front speakers). Thanks. integra 7.2 receiver / onkyo has the same problem with a cracking noise that moves around from speaker to speaker, likely in the processor board. I am going to try using this for just two channel and see if it happens.

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If it only pops and ticks on certain inputs, you have a damaged Input Switching IC, as that is the only part that selects from one input to another. This IC is controlled by the Display Microprocessor(one of the computers in your receiver). There may even be a poor ground to the board that IC is on. Do not try yo reground the receiver as mentioned above, That may well lead to certain fatal harm to yourself! If you'd like more information, please refer to my website, audioserviceclinic.com, where you'll find 2 seminars that I wrote for Pioneer. I worked there for 6+ years. 40 years in the industry in total.

The good news is that Pioneer has a warranty for two years. Bad news, is that Pioneer home products has been sold off about two moths ago, to some Asian consortium 75%, and 25% to Onkyo. They are still taking in products through their authorized service centers, but I already know that many parts are no longer available. This will result in the replacing of your unit, most likely, a Grade B(refurbished product) rather than a Grade A(brand new receiver, which I seriously doubt is available anymore). Good luck, in whatever the outcome. I can certainly repair your unit on an out of warranty basis(see website above)

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Try put a ground line from any metal of your stuff to the any metal direct to the ground. these eliminate noise of the speaker.

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